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Kimberly Collins

Kimberly Collins

About Kimberly Collins

Dr Kimberly Collins is a Lecturer in Forensic Psychology in the School of Social Sciences, Business and Law. She studied her first degree in Psychology at Stirling University where she stayed on to complete an MSc in Psychological Research Methods, and a PhD supervised by developmental psychologists Dr Martin Doherty and Professor Gwyneth Doherty-Sneddon. 



Her MSc and PhD work was funded by a 1 + 3 ESRC scholarship, and examined the impact of the rapport building phase on children’s verbal and non-verbal communication in child investigative interviews. She commenced her most recent post at Teesside University in June 2011, and completed her PhD studies in the winter of 2012. Kimberly has experience in teaching forensic and developmental psychology, and research methods at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Currently she is module leader for ‘Applied Forensic Psychology’, ‘The Psychology of Investigations’ and ‘Law, Justice, and Psychology’. Finally, she regularly participates in business engagement for the University and is on the School of Social Sciences and Law Business Engagement Committee, and is the early career's research representative for the school's research committee.

Kimberly also works as a registered intermediary for Triangle services www.triangle.org.uk/ Her work as an intermediary involves assessing the communication needs of vulnerable individuals who are participating in the criminal justice system. Based on the findings of her assessments she provides recommendations to the police and criminal courts on how best to question these vulnerable individuals. 

Research interests and activities

Kimberly is a researcher within the Social Futures Institute at Teesside University and is a member of the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group (http://www.iiirg.org/), the European Association of Psychology and Law, and the British Psychological Society. 



Her research interests focus on the facilitation of the communication of vulnerable witnesses, and sex offenders during police interviews and in court. Her research has a strong focus on both the role of verbal and non-verbal cues in communication. During her research she has collaborated with various UK police forces.

Kimberly is currently working on several research projects.  The first is looking at intermediary assessment practice and the second is looking at the process of victimisation during human trafficking.

She is also working with Triangle services www.triangle.org.uk/ and Sussex police on a new approach for assessing children’s understanding of truth and lies during the pre-substantive phase of investigative interviews

Kimberly has conducted several research projects looking at jury perceptions of intermediary work in the court room.

Finally, Kimberly is Director of Studies for two PhD students; Alex Smethurst and Rebecca Croser.  Alex is examining the impact of the intermediary role on children's communication during police interviews, and Rebecca is exploring the communication of child defendants in court.

Enterprise interest and activities

Kimberly has trained national police forces on how to build rapport with children and interview young children during investigative interviews.  Kimberly is a trained forensic interviewer for vulnerable victims and witnesses.

Kimberly is an intermediary development officer for the North of England.  This involves training practitioners about the work of intermediaries and supervising local intermediaries who work with defendants who have communication difficulties.

Kimberly has delivered training workshops on behalf of the National Crime Agency, OSCE etc.  These workshops have focused on best practice for questioning vulnerable witnesses in the criminal justice system.


Publications

Papers:

Collins, K., & Carthy, N. (under review). Norapport no comment: the relationship between rapport and communication duringinterviews with child sex offenders. Submitted to Psychology, Crime and Law.

 

Collins, K & Gillespie-Smith, K. (underreview).  Collaborative rapport buildingwith children.  Submitted to Educationand Treatment of Children.

 

McKeown, A., & Collins, K. (under review). Use ofthe HCR-20 with female personality disordered offenders. Submitted to Journalof Interpersonal Violence.

 

Collins, K., Harker, N., & Antonopolous, G. (2016).Juror perceptions of children’s credibility when supported by an intermediary. TheEuropean Journal of Criminal Policy.

 

Collins, K., Marchant, R., Mattison, M., & McAuley, C. (2015).Planning to question a child or young witness, Toolkit for the AdvocatesGateway Project.

 

Marchant, R., Collins, K., Mattison, M., & Hurst, V. (2015). Planningto question someone with hidden disabilities: specific language impairment,dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, and ADHD, Toolkit for the Advocates GatewayProject.

 

Marchant, R., Collins, K., Mattison, M., & Hurst, V. (2015). Additionalfactors concerning children under seven (or functioning at a young age), Toolkitfor the Advocates Gateway Project.

 

Mattison, M., Marchant, R., Collins, K., & McAuley. (2015). Generalprinciples from research, policy and guidance: Planning to question avulnerable person or someone with communication needs, Toolkit for theAdvocates Gateway Project.

 

Mattison, M., Marchant, R., Collins, K., & McAuley. (2015). Planningto question someone with a learning disability, Toolkit for the AdvocatesGateway Project.

 

Smethurst, A., Wilson, C., & Collins, K. (2015). The influence offMRI lie detection evidence on jury decision-making following post-trialdeliberations. Applied Psychology in Criminal Justice. 11, 147-161.

 

Collins, K., Doherty-Sneddon, G., & Doherty, M. J.(2014). Practitioners’ perspectives on rapport building during child forensicinterviews, Psychology, Crime and Law, 20, 884-901.

 

Hart, J., & Collins, K. (2014). A ‘back to basics’ approach to offender supervision: does working alliancecontribute towards success of probation? European Journal of Probation, 6, 112-125.


Conference proceedings and Presentations:

Collins, K. (2016-current).Children’s communication during investigative interviews. Child Investigationstraining, West Midlands Police.

 

Collins, K. (2012-current).Rapport building during forensic interviews with children. Joint Investigationsduring Child Protection training, Teesside University, UK.

 

Collins, K. (2017). Thebuilding blocks of communication. Staff Development day, 27th June,Middlesbrough Mind, UK.

 

Collins, K. (2017).Developmental underpinnings of children’s communication in the Criminal justicesystem. Invited keynote presentation to the Teesside University Conference, 9thSeptember, Teesside University, Middlesbrough, UK.

 

Collins, K, Cooper, P.,Marchant, R., & Mattison, M. (2017). Intermediary assessment and bestpractice. In Best practice for interviewing children. Invited Symposium conductedin May at Children and the Law conference, Portsmouth University, UK.

 

Collins, K. (2017). Rapportbuilding and children communication during investigative interviews.  Invited keynote presentation to the 17thAlliance on Child Trafficking Conference for the Organization of Security andCooperation in Europe, 3-4th April 2017, Vienna, Austria.

 

Collins, K. (2016).Question technique during child investigative interviews.

Joint Intermediary andpolice training, Northumbria Police 10th August, UK.

 

Bull, R., Collins, K., Mattison,M., & London, K. (2015). Intermediary support in court: Does the presenceof an intermediary affect the perception of children’s communication duringcross-examination? In Ways of enhancing children’s evidence. Invited   Symposiumconducted in June at The International Congress on Children and Law, Porto,Portugal.

 

Marchant, R., Collins, K., &Mattison, M. (2015). Intermediary support in court:

Does the presence of anintermediary affect the perception of children’s

communication duringcross-examination? In Best practice for children’s evidence. Invited Symposiumconducted in June at The Advocate’s Gateway International Conference, The LawSociety, Chancery Lane, London, UK.

 

Collins, K. (2015). Truth,lies and muddles: Best practice for the introduction phase of ABE interviews.  Invited presentation to the Special Measuresseminar for the National Crime Agency, 7th-8th January2015, Wyboston Lakes Training Centre, UK.

 

Collins, K. (2014). Norapport, no comment: the relationship between rapport and communication duringinvestigative interviews with child internet sex offenders.  Presentation to the School of Social Sciences,Business and Law, October, Teesside University, Middlesbrough, UK.

 

Collins, K. (2014). Norapport, no comment: the relationship between rapport and communication duringinvestigative interviews with child internet sex offenders.  Invited presentation to the Psychologysection, 8th October, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.

 

Collins, K. (2014).Communicative scaffolding with victims, witnesses and defendants in thecriminal justice system. Invited presentation to the Psychology section, 2ndMarch, Northumbria University, UK.

 

Collins, K. (2013). How tobuild rapport and use rapport to inform your practice with children and youngpeople in the criminal justice system.  Invitedpresentation to the Special Measures seminar for the National Crime Agency, 7thNovember, the College of Policing, UK.

 

Collins, K. (2013).Mentored challenge with Triangle.  Presentationto the Vice Chancellor of Teesside University on the collaborative work withTriangle, 24th September, Teesside University.

 

Collins, K., &Mattison, M. (2013). Review of collaboration between Triangle and SussexPolice.  Paper presentation at the 6thAnnual Conference of the Investigative InterviewingResearch Group, 3rd-5th July, Maastricht, the Netherlands.

 

Collins, K., & Eaton,A. (2013). Communicative scaffolding in the rapport phase of childinvestigative interviews.  Paper presentation at the 6th Annual Conference of the InvestigativeInterviewing Research Group, 3rd-5th July, Maastricht, the Netherlands.

 

Collins, K., & Eaton,A. (2013). The communicative impact of rapport building with internet child sexoffenders.  Paperpresentation at the 6th Annual Conference of the Investigative InterviewingResearch Group, 3rd-5th July, Maastricht, the Netherlands.

 

Marchant,R., Prior, J., & Collins, K. (2013). Truth lies and muddles: new ways toexplore children’s understanding of truth and lies. Paperpresentation at the 6th Annual Conference of the Investigative InterviewingResearch Group, 3rd-5th July, Maastricht, the Netherlands.

 

Collins, K. (2013). Rapportbuilding and the non-verbal behaviour of children: Implications for thepractice of Registered Intermediaries in the Criminal Justice System. Invited presentationto the Registered Intermediaries Development Day for the Ministry of Justice,21st February, the College of Policing, UK.

 

Collins, K., Doherty, M.J.& Doherty-Sneddon, G. (2012). The relationship

between the rapport building phase and children’scommunication in child forensic interviews. Paper presentation at the 5thAnnual Conference of the Investigative Interviewing Research Group, 24th-26thMay, Toronto, Canada.

 

Collins, K., Doherty, M.J.& Doherty-Sneddon, G. (2011). The relationship

between rapport building and children’scommunication: Qualitative interviews with Scottish practitioners. Paper presentationgiven at the 4th Annual Conference of the InternationalInvestigative Interviewing Research Group, 1st – 3rdJune, Abertay University, Dundee, Scotland.

 

Collins, K., Doherty, M.J.& Doherty-Sneddon, G. (2011). The impact of rapport

practice on child witnessrecall and anxiety.  Paper presentation given at the 4th Annual Conference of theInternational Investigative Interviewing Research Group, 1st – 3rdJune, Abertay University, Dundee, Scotland.

 

Collins, K., Doherty-Sneddon, G., & Doherty, M. J.(2010). It’s all to play for:

An alternative approach torapport building during child investigative interviewing.  Paper presentation given at the 3rd Annual Conference of the International InvestigativeInterviewing Research Group, 22nd – 24th June, Stavern,Norway.

 

Collins, K., Doherty-Sneddon, G., & Doherty, M. J.(2010). It’s all to play for:

An alternative approach torapport building during child investigative interviewing. Poster presentationgiven at the 20th Annual Conference of theEuropean Association of Psychology and Law, 15th – 18thJune, Gothenburg, Sweden.

 

Collins, K.,Doherty-Sneddon, G., & Doherty, M. J. (2009). Playing with rapport: Thecommunicative impact of building rapport during child investigativeinterviews.  Paper presentation given at the Annual Conference of the BPS Developmental Section, 9th –11th September, Nottingham, UK.

 

Collins, K.,Doherty-Sneddon, G., & Doherty, M. J. (2009). Playing with rapport: Thecommunicative impact of building rapport during child investigativeinterviews.  Paper presentation given at the 19th Annual Conference of the European Association ofPsychology and Law, 2-5th September, Sorrento, Italy.

 

 

 


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In the news

  • Teesside academic to share knowledge at international event
    North East Connected, 02/06/2017
    Kimberly Collins is at the forefront in helping police and the courts engage with vulnerable witnesses has been invited to Italy to share her expertise at an international event.


  • SoFI Seminar Series: No Rapport, No Comment: The Relationship Between Rapport and Communication During Investigative Interviews With Child Internet Sex Offenders
    Gazette Live online, 22/10/2014
    An event at Teesside University with Professor Anna van Wersch and Dr Kimberley Collins.